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Westfest celebrates the art of diversity

By Bradley Turcotte –  Kitchissippi’s annual multi-disciplinary festival celebrated fifteen years of music and art June 8-10 at its new Tom Brown Arena location. Westfest founder Elaina Martin’s pleas for a weekend of perfect weather prevailed. Elaina told Kitchissippi Times “mother nature” played a large part in the weekend’s success. […]

Rocking out like a Bad Parent

By Bradley Turcotte – After “coming out of the basement” for last year’s edition of Porchfest, cover band Bad Parent, which includes four Kitchissippi residents, is set to take the stage at the fifteenth anniversary of Westfest this summer. Bad Parent traces its birth to a catastrophe. When […]

Meet one of Westfest’s top volunteers

By Jared Davidson –  This year, Westfest is celebrating its 15-year anniversary. For a decade and a half, the festival has been a gathering place for Kitchissippi residents, serving up year after year of free outdoor concerts from local artists and touring acts. It has become such a […]

Westfest 2018 line up announced

By Andrea Tomkins – This year’s 15th-anniversary edition of Westfest promises fans something familiar, as well as something new. The familiar: a diverse roster of entertainment with fresh artists to discover. The new: a location that comes with extra perks. “There is so much going on this year, […]

The Pursuit of Rock

By Bradley Turcotte – Westfest founder Elaina Martin has dropped a preview of next year’s 15th-anniversary event with the announcement that legendary Canadian rock band The Pursuit of Happiness (TPOH) will headline the 2018 festival. Formed in Toronto in 1985, TPOH scored with hit singles I’m An Adult […]

Saturday night at Westfest

We sent KT’s Ted Simpson to capture the scene at Westfest on June 3. Here are a few of the things he spotted while he was there! Click on the photos to enlarge: Speaking of photos, we’re publishing a special commemorative issue of the Kitchissippi Times on June 22 and […]

Big changes in store for Westboro FUSE

By Alyson Queen – Westboro FUSE, the newly revamped street festival that replaced Westfest, is being overhauled only a year after it was launched. The Kitchissippi Times has confirmed that the Westboro BIA recently decided to split the large, three-day festival into smaller events spread out over three […]

Derek McKinley’s Sing Song Party Time was one of the family friendly acts at Westfest this year. Photo by Ted Simpson

Westfest spotlight: Sing Song Party Time  

By Ted Simpson –  Derek McKinley is a Westboro-based entertainer who will be bringing his high-energy and interactive musical children’s entertainment show, Sing Song Party Time, to the Westfest stage this year as part of the festival’s first ever Fam Jam night. Derek is still a bit new […]

Westfest spotlight: Jacqui Du Toit

By Jared Davidson – Storytelling is, at its heart, about connection. The best storytellers are the ones that break down the walls that stand between one human and another, and open up an audience’s imagination. And it is this quality that Jacqui Du Toit embodies so fully. She […]